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Hear Ice Cube on the Origins of ‘Fuck tha Police,’ N.W.A’s Founding and More

On the latest episode of Rolling Stone Music Now, Ice Cube looks back at his early days

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The latest episode of our Rolling Stone Music Now podcast revisits a wide-ranging 2015 cover-story interview with Ice Cube, where he looked back at the origins of “Fuck Tha Police” (which is currently seeing surging streaming numbers in the wake of worldwide Black Lives Matter protests), went deep on his childhood and the early days of N.W.A, reminisced about his time with the late Eazy-E, reflected on his own formative experiences with police harassment, discussed the making of the Straight Outta Compton film, and much more.

(Shortly after this episode was posted, Ice Cube posted a bizarre series of conspiratorial tweets that sparked accusations of anti-Semitism, which he, in turn, denied.)

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